Ceylon Petroleum Corporation CPC has decided that the Trade Union leaders and workers who disrupted the fuel distribution process will be sent on compulsory leave and prohibited them from entering the CPC & Storage Terminals reports newsfirst.
Earlier, Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera has instructed the relevant authorities to take necessary disciplinary steps against trade union activist or employees who are disrupting the distribution of fuel.
Minister Wijesekera said he has instructed the Chairmen of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and the Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Limited (CPSTL) to take necessary disciplinary action against trade union activist or employees who are disrupting the distribution of fuel, disrupting the work of other employees or acting in violation of the essential services orders.
The Minister gave these instructions after some trade union members staged a Satyagraha campaign opposite the Kolonnawa Petroleum Terminal premises against the government’s plans to restructure the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation.
The Minister also requested the public not to panic over shortages in fuel supply as there are adequate stocks of fuel in the country and distribution will continue.
He said the fuel distribution that was earlier delayed due to trade union activist forcibly preventing employees from attending to their duties have been normalized with police and armed forces providing necessary security at the terminals and distribution.
The trade union action launched by Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) employees continue for the 2nd day. Long queues can be seen near fuel stastions.